15 Free Online Image Editors

When it comes to image editing, there are times when it can be a really entertaining activity for some. But what happens when you need to modify a picture and you’re not at your place with your fancy computer and much loved editing software?

Well, I’ve never been in the situation but my wondering about it led to search for some solutions to that problem. I came across a lot of free online image editors and decided to take a look at the most talked-about ones.

Some are pretty basic (some might say primitive) but work very well for those essential editing tasks. Some have better-looking interfaces and more advanced features, if at times a little cluttered.

I’m not going to recommend to you which one to use because we, designers, are picky and like to try things on our own. However, I decided to give you 15 options for you to try and choose.

Check them out and share your thoughts about them!

XMG Image

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Provides an interface for users to manage, edit, and share their images online. Not only you can perform all basic editing functions with this editor but you can also upload, tag, and label multiple images at a time, even from a zip file and post them directly to your chosen album or social network site or pre-generated codes for posting your images on any website.

www.xmgimg.com

Cellsea

cellsa

This picture editor covers all the basics common photo tasks. It also provides over 15 ways to correct color, exposure, and lighting problems. Transform your images using a collection of effects. Oil, Mosaic, Flare and more and professional-looking blur effects to your photos like Gaussian, Motion, Radial Blur and more

www.cellsea.com

Fauxto

Fausto

This is a full-featured, free range, ambitious image editor. It supports layers, filters, canvas size, free transform and other advanced features and options. This Photoshop-like is considered by many the most advanced online image editor available online. This application can certainly be a great solution to attain software results without installation, MBs and money concerns.

www.fauxto.com

GIFWorks

gifworks
Probably the oldest and most widely used online image editing tool in the market. This editor alows you to create animated GIF files. It also comes with a selection of Photoshop-like effects like Pixelate, Watercolor, TV Lines, etc. Its image Info dialog gives detailed information about the web graphic.

www.gifworks.com

Online Image Editor

Online Image Editor
One of the most convenient browser-based online photo and image editiors by many. It provides an easy-to-use interface which allows to quickly create/edit images, photos or graphics in a drag-and-drop environment. The processing takes place on your computer before uploading it to the server saving time and bandwidth.

www.onlineimageeditor.info

Online Photo Tool

Online Photo Tool
With Onlinephototool you can edit and save your images, screenshots and photos online. If you register you could save with pictures online as well. It offers all the basic picture editing options like resize, filters, sepia, black/white, crop, rotate and flip, and more.

www.onlinephototool.com

Phixr

Phixr
This editor allows you to edit multiple pictures and stay online for about 3 hours. It has a Clean, intuitive interface (very Web 2.0). Yo can save your picture as many formats or they can be directly uploaded to several online image albums without downloading them to your hard-drive. Effects preview available.

www.phixr.com

Picnik

picnik
One of the most recent -no signup required- editors and holder of a great looking Web 2.0 interface. It has a good balance of versatility and usability and easily integrates with Flickr and Picasa web albums. It has some fun creative tools, in addition to the photo correction basics.

www.picnik.com

Picture2Life

picture2life
You can use this service without registering and enjoy some of its interesting photo enhancements. Despite the peculiar interface Picture2Life offers interesting effects in addition to the basics. It allows you to create animations and gives you a 25 MB storage space for your photos, or the possibility to create a picture RSS feed.

www.picture2life.com

Pixer.us

pixer
Need a quick fix for a photo? Pixer.us allows you to edit your photos online within your browser, add special effects and save them in the most popular formats without registration. All modifications are done in a non-destructive way so your images will always keep its original quality.

www.pixer.us

Preloadr


This clean-design editor intended to Flickr users (only works with a Flickr account) and is very easy to use. It includes basic tools like cropping, resizing, rotating and flipping, and some ‘advanced’ tools like image layers, histogram, scaling, moving, adding text and color channel graduation and several filters among others. Most of these are pop-up menus.

www.preloadr.com

PXN8


Sxoop Technologies Ltd. flagship product is very simple, bug-free and easy to use. This editor uses standard Web technologies (HTML, CSS & JavaScript) and works with all modern browsers (Safari, Internet Explorer (6+), Firefox and Opera). Its basic and “fun” tools, along with the fast zooming system, auto-enhance feature offers you a simple way to adjust or smarten your pictures.

www.pixenate.com

Snipshot


This no-signup editor allows you to do basic image fixing, like resizing, cropping, rotating, and adjusting color and brightness. It has a great interface, works fast, and offers a free API. It also has browser plug-in for easily getting web images for editing. Can be used to edit images up to 10 MBs.

www.snipshot.com

Web Photo Resizer

web photo resizer
This free online photo editor helps you optimize images for web or email. It’s very simple and easy to use. No registration required and no complex interface to do basic changes in a very fast way.

www.webresizer.com

Web Pic Tool

web pic tool
This image editing software is gaining popularity by supporting 10 languages and different image effects like Faded Times, Newspaper Photo, Manga and the really cool illusion effects (emboss, frozen, faded red, childish green and bright orange). Right now it seems to be optimized for use with Internet Explorer only.

www.webpictool.com

 

  • Ignacio

    great resources!! they’ll sure come handy when im not home =)
    hi!

  • http://www.piccyfix.com Jon

    Nice links!

    An honourable mention must also (surely) go to http://www.piccyfix.com.

    Although it doesn’t have a snazzy web 2.0 interface, it’s wizard based, and just sooOOooo easy to use for non-experts.

  • http://malevi4.wordpress.com/ Malevi4

    And what is your favorit?

  • mao

    Difficult choice, but I would say Picnik, cuz does not need sign up is feature rich and lovely web 2.0 look :)

  • http://www.goldengod.net Andrew Ferguson

    Nice roundup! Found you via stumbleupon; ironically while writing about Adobe’s plans to release Photoshop Express online for free. Go figure!

    I’ve found that Picnik is the best one out there as well, but I didn’t spend much time test driving each one.

  • SajaTo

    server Pixer.us is down

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  • http://pictureful.com Jason

    Here’s a new one, it can remove red eye on most pictures. pictureful.com ( Free Online Photo Editor ). Even works without Javascript or Flash.

  • amitai gat

    Great Great Great.
    Thanks a bunch.
    amitai

  • http://decoration.japplis.com Anthony

    Here is another free online image editor. Unlike most of them, the images are not uploaded whether it is the source image of the finished image. It’s also more oriented to treat several images at once than one by one.
    Run online at http://decoration.japplis.com/applet.html

  • http://www.flipmyphotos.com Photo editors

    One more. It allows easily upload multiple photos at once. FlipMyPhotos.com

  • http://www.freeonlinephotoeditor.com Bram Schoonhoven

    We have a site meant for editing photos online. After uploading, you can resize your photo, sharpen it and/or rotate your photo. Several filters and effects are available to enhance your photo: Red Eye Removal, Sepia, Enhance, Sharpen and Polaroid Effect. You can also add Text and Glitter text to your photos and images.

    After reviewing if you find is good enough for your visitors, please place it in your site.

  • http://www.trainingreiki.com Samantha

    great collection you gathered here!
    Bookmarked it because I know I will need it someday
    Thanks!

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  • Marc @ Monsour

    Nice list, I have been testing Aviary and Picnik for a while and they are really impressive. I would personally say thouth that Picnik is more for newbies and Aviary is no longer free, but its a good replacement for super expensive programs like photoshop

  • daniel

    hi,
    to complete the list:
    http://www.puricute.com and http://www.imni.de

    regards
    daniel

  • mao

    @ Daniel thanks for yours additions.

  • ishan

    There is a website where you can simply convert your photo to sketch or painting or drawing or B&W with different colors with maintaining actual size..
    And that is totally free……
    http://www.snapstouch.com/

  • http://www.opbids.com Harry Brilliant

    Hey

    This site is awesome! Keep up the good work!

    http://opbids.com shows you how to get free stuff online!

    Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.pato.pl/en/ pato

    Very good website and article. You must write in POlish lenguage :)

  • http://www.mediahut.co.za Web Developer

    Great article, my only problem with online image editors is that they can sometimes be slow and the rendering may not come out so perfectly.

  • mao

    @Web Developer. Sure the can be slow at sometimes, but they are very helpful when you are not at you own computer and to do some graphic work. :)

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